I'm trying to connect to my friend's wireless router (Linksys WRT54G). I have a SIS 162-based USB 802.11b wireless adapter, connected to my PC via approx. 3m USB extension cable.
If I use XP's 'Wireless Network Connection', it shows me two 'Unsecured wireless networks'. One is my upstairs neighbours, which shows 4 out of 5 for signal strength and Automatic and a yellow star and the other is my friend's which shows the same, except it shows 5 out of 5 for signal strength.
However, when I try to connect to my friend's Router, XP just says 'Please wait while Windows connects to the 'XXX' network. Waiting for the network...' and eventually gives up. My Wireless adapter settings are set to obtain an IP address automatically, and the router is set to DHCP.
The USB adapter comes with it's own software. Under the 'Site Scan' tab, it identifies 3 wireless networks, the two that XP finds, and a further one that is using WEP encryption. Although XP showed high signal strength for the two networks it identified, this utility shows both my neighbours and my friends signal strength around 28-30%.
Under the 'Statistics' Tab of this utility, it shows that the majority of Tx was OK, but ALL Rx failed.
When I use this utility to try to connect to my friend's router, it rotates throught the following messages in a loop: 'Disconnect' 'BSS open authentication timeout' & 'BSS start timeout'.
If anyone could help me get this working, or explain why it won't work, I'd be very grateful.